Do you avoid forum topics with typos or text-type in the titles?

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Do you avoid forum topics with typos or text-type in the titles?

Antipova Antipova
A lot of times, I'll notice forum topics that seem like they might be interesting, but the title will be badly misspelled, or there will be text-type like 'u' for 'you' and '4' for 'for'. I noticed I usually skip over these threads---kind of assuming that because of the bad language skills the discussion inside won't be worth reading.

Am I being a stick-in-the-mud pedant here? Or do you skip over posts with bad writing skills too?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
If it's not perfect, I'm not clicking in.
8
I can forgive typos, since the titles can't be edited, but I don't read ones with text-type.
54
Doesn't matter to me, I can still understand.
7
I have a few pet peeves, but most things fly.
23
Somethin' else!
1
Total votes: 93 (80 voters)
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Antipova Antipova
Generally I overlook li'l typos---I mean, we all make them, and there's no way to edit the title of a post once you've made it

But I avoid threads whose titles have lots of bad grammar, or '4' instead of 'for,' and I also can never get past it when people spell masturbate 'masterbate,' because that's not so much a typo as it is that they just didn't learn how to spell it yet.

Am I worse of a grammar nazi than average? Or am I about in the 'normal grammar nazi' ballpark?
12/04/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I wait to comment until it has a few (readable) comments in there so I can see what's going on with it. I can puzzle it out ... Although sometimes I go ahead and comment by 'taking it at face value' (like the "Do you like hair in men?" when they meant "Do you like hair on men?"). For the most part, the so-called 'mistakes' look like they're in too much of a hurry to notice they hit the wrong keys - or they spell everything phonetically (there IS a difference between 'effect' and 'affect', as you know).

It's irritating because it shows ignorance instead of education. But that might be part of how I was brought up.
12/04/2011
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
I wait to comment until it has a few (readable) comments in there so I can see what's going on with it. I can puzzle it out ... Although sometimes I go ahead and comment by 'taking it at face value' (like the "Do you like hair in ...
Oh, yeah, I really loved the "would you date someone who was 10x older?" thread!
12/04/2011
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by Antipova
Oh, yeah, I really loved the "would you date someone who was 10x older?" thread!
That was a giggle. We all took the ball and ran with that one.
12/04/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
I can overlook a typo (since we can't correct the titles of threads. I wish we were able to.)

But, I detest text type and usually avoid those threads, "wht do u 8 lk to b wi#" What? I see thread names like this from time to time and I do usually avoid them.
12/04/2011
T&A1987 T&A1987
I've had typos on my titles, so I'm not too harsh on them, unless its knowledge based typos. Specifically, spelling lose as loose, or the wrong "your" or "there" these typos suggest it is less about missing a typo (although it can be) and more about not understanding grammar. As for number text, it just looks juvenile.
12/04/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
Generally I overlook li'l typos---I mean, we all make them, and there's no way to edit the title of a post once you've made it

But I avoid threads whose titles have lots of bad grammar, or '4' instead of 'for,' and ...
You sound about normal! I've made some typos myself in forum titles, so I'm more forgiving of that! I haven't used text speak since I was 10, though!
12/04/2011
- Kira - - Kira -
Text speak make my migraines act up. So I avoid those and mostly try to pretend they aren't there.

I'm notorious for typos, so I'll forgive those, especially in a title that can't be edited. If half the title is misspelled...ehh...may be not so much.

Generally, I notice the text speak and horribly misspelled posts are spam anyway. So it's a nice little red flag.
12/04/2011
FemmeFlo FemmeFlo
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
A lot of times, I'll notice forum topics that seem like they might be interesting, but the title will be badly misspelled, or there will be text-type like 'u' for 'you' and '4' for 'for'. I noticed I usually skip ...
I'm a huge grammar nazi (as you know from editing my reviews, Antipova). I tend to avoid discussions that have badly misspelled typos and textspeak in the title. If it's just one little typo though, that looks like an honest mistake and not the work of someone with a 5th grade reading level, then I'll still give it a look.

I'm noticing a lot of these kinds of reviews from the same users, day after day. Probably started for the points earned. :/
12/04/2011
js250 js250
I understand typos, but text? Sorry-if you are too lazy to type it out, I am too lazy to read it.
12/04/2011
gone77 gone77
One thing to keep in mind when choosing what forum topics to read or respond to, is that there are people on here for whom English is a second language (ESL). There might be typos and incorrect grammar in the titles of their posts and the posts themselves, so please don't always automatically discount a post because of these things.
12/04/2011
Drakoni Drakoni
I have yet to see one with more spelling/grammar errors than my students' writing. If I see one worse than what I grade on a daily basis, then I'll skip it.
12/04/2011
Antipova Antipova
Quote:
Originally posted by gone77
One thing to keep in mind when choosing what forum topics to read or respond to, is that there are people on here for whom English is a second language (ESL). There might be typos and incorrect grammar in the titles of their posts and the posts ...
Good point!

There are some things that I recognize as being from ESL (like using periods and commas oppositely from US English in money, or not using definite and indefinite articles (from Russian/Baltic speakers, because those languages don't have 'the' and 'a' the way we do)

And I definitely don't hold that against anyone!
12/04/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
I ignore posts that are in text speak. I ignore facebook statuses, and any other thing written in text speak. It is my biggest pet peeve, its so lazy and incorrect. Its like it will take you 1 second longer to type the full word out, come on. I also feel like alot of the people I know who speak in text talk, talk in slang in real life, so I associate the bad typing to bad speaking.
12/04/2011
jedent jedent
i'm not that anal about it. as long as i can comprehend.
12/04/2011
TheCleansing TheCleansing
It's annoying but not completely unbearable.
12/04/2011
AndroAngel AndroAngel
I will usually avoid text type, unless it looks super interesting, I'll tolerate typos, because they're unavoidable and accidental, and if anyone goes into leet speak ever (7#i5 i5 1337) I'll out-leet them, then shame them into submission, because leet is unforgivable.
12/04/2011
Beck Beck
I know how easy it is to have a typo, so I forgive.
12/04/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
I associate text-type with rambling, incoherent, head-scratching posts, so I avoid it.
12/04/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
Typos are fine. They're an honest mistake most of the time. Text type on the other hand? Not so much.
12/04/2011
K101 K101
Most of the time I'll look over it. I mean, it's simple mistakes usually. I don't expect people to have perfect grammar here. It is annoying though when there's so much slang and text type that you can barely understand it. That kind of thing gives me the impression that the person doesn't care enough. Lol. I try not to get bothered by it though because people can't always help it.

I seen one recently that was pretty rough. I couldn't read it because the words were all things like "dis" instead of this and dat instead of that.
12/04/2011
Sinfully Sinfully
I typically don't unless you can tell it's just a small typo.
12/04/2011
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
I don't mind typos, but I hate bad grammar. I'll still read the review, though.
12/04/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I can look past simple mistakes, but the big thing for me is when people type how they speak and misspell common words.
12/04/2011
Nothere Nothere
wtf, idk, lol
12/04/2011
Nothere Nothere
Usually, if a post looks like text speak or makes no sense, then I avoid it. A few typos/grammar mistakes I can deal with. God knows I make them!
12/04/2011
RonLee RonLee
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
A lot of times, I'll notice forum topics that seem like they might be interesting, but the title will be badly misspelled, or there will be text-type like 'u' for 'you' and '4' for 'for'. I noticed I usually skip ...
I do not avoid forum topics with typos or text-type in the titles. We are all human and subject to making mistakes, I know I've made more than my own share. Some of the mistakes do however, cause me to question the intellectual competency of the topic initiator.
12/04/2011
RonLee RonLee
Quote:
Originally posted by K101
Most of the time I'll look over it. I mean, it's simple mistakes usually. I don't expect people to have perfect grammar here. It is annoying though when there's so much slang and text type that you can barely understand it. That kind ...
Many years ago, when I was a graduate assistant, I proctored the university writing exam. The state required passing that exam for graduation. I did not grade any of the exams but only proctored the examination. I could not however resist reading some of the essays. There were some that sprinkled in the dis, dat and dontcha... sad, very sad.
I may know how to write properly but often chose to write how we speak.
When I read something that mixes up to, too and two or there, their and they're, it screams out dumb fuck.
12/04/2011
Kaltir Kaltir
I don't mind typos at all, but anything that's purposely downgrading the intelligence one should have is just irritating.
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